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‘The Artist’ Review: Sentimental, Timeless, an Instant Classic

Movie tickets are expensive and when you’re on a budget, there’s nothing worse than leaving the theatre after spending $12 on a flop. There’s been few times this year where I’ve come out of the theatre and actually felt it was $12 worth spent. ‘The Artist’ is the best money I’ve spent in 2012 so far.

Surprising and sentimental, ‘The Artist’ focuses on silent film actor George Valentin (Jean Dujardin) at the height of his career in Hollywood 1927. George is a silent superstar and he and his well trained Jack Russell Terrier, who definitely has a strong, fun presence in the film, are basking in all glory they could’ve ever imagined. After one of his premieres, he bumps into (literally) aspiring actress Peppy Miller (Berenice Bejo) and in that moment she is introduced to the world of movies.

Peppy starts off as an extra and eventually works her way up to the top of the credits. And how could she not? She’s young, gorgeous and is the fresh face that the film business needs.

When film producer Al Zimmer (John Goodman) tells George that talkies (or talking pictures) are the future, George can’t deal, so he decides to produce a silent film of his own. The picture company takes on Peppy as the lead actress in talkies and it seems overnight that a new star is in town.

When George’s silent film flops and Peppy’s takes storm, its then that things go downhill for the once rich and famous movie star.

The talent of the two lead stars and their chemistry is enough to make this film enjoyable and worth watching again. But the way this film was shot is breathtaking and the original score is award worthy. ‘The Artist’ is everything a great film should be and one that others should look up to because of its charm and cinematography.

One of the most fun, entertaining and well-acted films of 2011, ‘The Artist’ will be an instant classic.

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